Great challenges are also great opportunities to unite people. They inspire us to transform our society to make a better world. Meet our wonderful team of ambassadors who are helping us to reach women everywhere to get involved.
Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) Faculty of Science, UNSW
“Positive and proactive and passionate describes this campaign for me. It will make a real difference! We can do it!”
Our Reef ambassador: "As individuals we must be aware of how our actions and decisions impact the reef and other marine ecosystems. We have no second chances. We must act now to ensure our children’s children have the opportunity to marvel at the unparalleled beauty the Great Barrier Reef offers."
Food and Cooking Guru
“Every woman wants to do what she can for her children’s future. You’re never too small to make a difference.”
Non-executive Director and Sustainability Adviser & Speaker
Sam Mostyn is a company director and sustainability adviser and speaker. Trained as a lawyer, she has also led teams creating sustainability strategies and programs, incorporating responsible principles into core business practices.
Filmmaker, Blackfella Films
“Ghandi said something like; ‘Be the change you want in the world’. He is right, we all need to take significant personal action to make change a reality.”
“I am a young Australian woman, an environmental engineering graduate, a problem solver and I care about climate change.”
Digital Strategy and Communications
Bronte shines as our Digital Strategist. She’s outgoing, dedicated and always ready to lend a helping hand. Fun facts about Bronte? She speaks Portuguese, used to be a rumba dancer and loves plant-based cooking.
"One by one we need to speak up. Don’t ever think that one woman can’t make a difference. If enough individuals say and do the same thing they become."
7 times World surfing champion
Our Reef ambassador: “I’ve lived in the water my whole life. I love the ocean and I love nature and I don’t like what we’re doing to it. We need to accept responsibility and responsibility and make changes… and we’re running out of time.”
Volunteer and Guest Writer
Anna grew up on a bushland property and lived without mains electricity for the first 12 years of her life. She is a keen gardener, worm-farmer, and jewellery-maker.
Country Recording Artist
“I’m proud that my song Courageous is the 1MW anthem as it’s about women being strong and committed and that’s a powerful force to be reckoned with.”
Social Media assistant
Sam is a Media and Design student, with a love for native flora and fauna is lucky to live on a bushland block. A special knack for finding second-hand treasures, Sam's always seen wearing her latest market finds, while her house resembles an antique museum.
Social Media Intern
Maria is a university student who is studying to become a primary teacher. Maria likes to think of ways to teach kids about how they can help prevent climate change. In her spare time, she loves to up-cycle and sew clothes, practise martial arts and read books and blog about sustainable fashion.
ND, The Global Poverty Project
“I support 1MW because women have always led the way to positive social and environmental change and 1MW represents how we all can make a difference on an individual, community and societal level.”
Claudia is a book loving, coffee drinking actor with a passion for environmental sustainability. She can usually be found walking the aisles of local libraries and staring at photos of her two adorable nephews.
Artist, designer and curator
Liane Rossler is a central figure within Australia’s arts and design sector. A passionate spokesperson and ambassador for key issues related to the environment.
Leading Australian Nutritionist
Our Reef ambassador: "The Great Barrier Reef is pretty magical, if we want to keep it that way we need to fight for the Reef."
With the power to be powerful, believing we can make it better
“Since becoming a mother I have thought more and more about wanting to help create a beautiful safe world for my precious children. The only way to do this is to make a change in your own world.”
Social Media Intern
A passionate sustainability greenie, Maria is often found talking about reducing waste and making individual impact. She loves brunch and gardening with her dog.
Isabella has been an eco-activist ever since she was put in charge of emptying out the garbage bins every night, realising just how much waste she was producing. When she's not trying out new vegan recipes with her friends, you can find her surfing YouTube or reading a philosophical book.
Our Reef ambassador: "The thought of the beautiful and majestic Reef no longer there because of human greed is almost too much to bear".
Winner, MasterChef Australia
Australia’s first MasterChef, Julie is a mum, wife, cook, singer and public speaker, the epitome of a busy Australian Mum.
Dr Sylvia Earle
National Geographic Explorer
Our Reef ambassador: "Watch the Reef die - or give it life. Use your power to save it while there is still time!"
I'm the voice for climate action and hope.
Louise Fulton Keats
Food and nutrition writer
Our My Nana Says ambassador: “Grandma always taught me no matter what’s in the house you can always make puttanesca pasta which is so simple it's just tomato, garlic, capers and olives and it’s a fabulous meal.”
"Sustainability can seem like such a complex concept, but in reality it doesn't have to be. 1 Million Women is making ‘sustainable living’ mainstream, by showing people how simple choices can lead to incredible outcomes!"
Actress and Director
Our Reef Ambassador: "If we can't save our most precious World Heritage Listed sites, we might as well sell everything to the highest bidder and stop pretending we care who inherits our country."
Leah Purcell is one of Australia’s leading actors, with award-winning roles in theatre, film and television. She is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.
Former Social Media Assistant
Steph is a university student studying anthropology and sociology. A newly converted vegetarian, Steph spends her weekends doing DIY and looking after her veggie patch.
Former Head of Digital
A water baby who loves being outdoors, Bindi is the queen of pop culture and claims to have seen most of the internet.
Australian swimmer and Olympic medalist
Our Reef ambassador: "I've been so fortunate to swim in the gorgeous Reef, it's important we protect it for future generations to enjoy."
Former Social Media Intern
Abbie is a university student on an abroad program studying environmental action and sustainability. Back at home, she enjoys long runs on the beautiful forested trails of upstate New York.
Professional Big Mountain skier
Our Reef ambassador: "We have one Earth, one Reef, and not much time to save it! As a good friend of mine says... 'If we cut down all the trees and pollute all the waters, what will we be leaving for our sons and daughters?'"
South Australian Senator
“All Australians need to do their fair share if we are to combat climate change…I welcome this campaign as it will inspire women to factor climate change into their everyday decisions.”
Our My Nana Says ambassador: "Cook in large amounts and freeze in single serves (or family size) in oven proof/microwave safe containers e.g. soups, stews, spaghetti bolognese, and ratatouille!"
Former Social Media Coordinator
A diver instructor, and self-proclaimed mermaid, when she isn't blowing bubbles, Harriet's campaigning for our underwater world.
Office Assistant Volunteer
Ellyce is a Masters student with a passion for environmental justice. When she can get away from the daily grind, you'll find her running around a netball court or exploring a hidden waterhole in the mountains.
Guest Writer, Former Social Media Intern
Anthea is a Melbournian writer with a penchant for caffeine, cake, and the outdoors. Her passion for travel motivates her to explore the environmental issues around the world.
Nathalie Laurence works for a land and sea management organisation based in Darwin. You can find more of her writing and photography on her blog. http://barefootearth.blogspot.com/
Social Media Intern
Bella is a Communications and International Studies student and a part-time fairy – no really, she’s a fairy at children’s parties. When she’s not studying or fairy-ing, she’s watching suits or eating chocolate, sometimes a combination of both.
Paulin is our super efficient Office Assistant. Always willing to help, Paulin is originally from Germany and she loves cooking, listening to music and spending time enjoying the outdoors!
Our Reef ambassador: "We'd be delusional to think that the destruction of the Reef, or even a slight tampering with its exquisite workings would have no impact on the lives of many creatures, including our own. Why don't we broaden our perspective, and choose, right now, not to be delusional?"
Allyson is a devoted activist for the environment. With her passion for earth sciences, she likes to help connect others to the beauty of nature. She also likes photography and travel.
Social Media Intern
Maddie is a Communications and Spanish Language University student, nature-lover and creative-pursuits dabbler. Maddie loves making yummy, healthy food, and dreaming about her next overseas adventure. You’ll probably catch Maddie spending way too much time on Pinterest, or browsing the entire Internet for dog-related content.
Erin is a tree loving, city living lady that loves to write about her adventures in plastic free and zero waste living on her blog 'The Rogue Ginger'. When she is not writing you can find Erin riding her bike around Melbourne.
Hannah Jane Lawrence
Volunteer and Guest writer
Having just arrived in Australia from London, Hannah joined our team as a volunteer and guest writer! She works in the PR and Communications industry and wants to lower her personal carbon footprint and empower others to fight climate change.
Youth Program Coordinator
Liv is engaging, passionate and a natural communicator, which is why she is running our 1 Million Women Youth program with great success. Her smile is infectious and she lights up a room.
Social Media Intern
Studying fine arts at UNSW and trying her best to be an environmental warrior!
Social Media Intern
Chelsea is a lover of tea, laughs and farmers markets. If you don't find her scrolling the Internet for the latest inspiration, you'll probably find her petting the neighbourhood cats.
Journalist and author
Our Reef ambassador: "No man-made landscape has ever taken my breath away. The Reef is a natural miracle. That's what we're fighting to save."
A journalism student who dreams of becoming a DJ in the city of love. Always one to multitask, she hopes to save the world while also managing to feed her fish Vinnie on time.
A final year Journalism and International Relations student who has just made the move to Melbourne. I like to read, draw (at least try to), bake (again, at least try to) and explore my new city. I am passionate about empowering women and am hopeful for more definite action on climate change.
A passionate health foodie, Mason Jar hoarder and vegetable scrap saver. You can find Ariana experimenting with new recipes and scoping out all the vegan spots in Sydney to eat at.
Australian professional surfer
Our Reef ambassador: "I'm declaring the Reef in danger. Destroy the Reef... Destroy the ocean... Destroy humanity!!"
Cybele is a freelance writer living on the north coast of New South Wales. She comes from a background in social science research and is passionate about social and environmental justice.
Social Media Intern
Aspiring writer, hopeful world explorer and full-time beach bummer. Religiously chronicles her fitness and healthy eating journey on her Instagram @michellengzy, much to her friends’ amusement.
Sarah is a vibrant and passionate environmental warrior who grew up in Adelaide and now splits her time between sunny Sydney and even sunnier Southern California, spreading the sustainability vibes whereever she goes.
Former Sydney girls High Student
“Climate change is one of those things which isn’t glaringly obvious to those who don’t know it’s there. But for the growing majority, it’s something that matters and something that needs change.”
Amanda is a hopeful and outdoorsy green tea fanatic. Her current college major- Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (with a focus on International Development)- has contributed to her passion for rock climbing, waste divergence and solar panels around the globe.
“I have been concerned about the future of our earth and wanting to contribute in some way, not knowing how – this campaign united my wish to conserve our planet with my desire to combine my voice with other women.”
Anika Molesworth is a climate conscious farmer in outback NSW. She promotes climate change adaption and mitigation strategies through her website Climate Wise Agriculture and related social network pages. She is also keenly interested in natural and built heritage conservation on farming properties and manages INTO Sustainable Farms.
Grassroots Leadership coordinator
With her passion and dedication, Ayla can inspire anyone to make a difference. She loves a lot of things including swimming in the ocean, building furniture out of old pallets and drinking green smoothies. She is also one of the most positive people we’ve ever met!
Susie is an artist and art teacher based in Sydney. Loves nothing more than swimming in the ocean, exploring new places and long chats over cups of tea.
Emma is a Freelance Campaigns Consultant with a focus on Non-Profits and environmental causes. When she isn’t behind the desk, she’s either teaching yoga or enjoying everything Mother Nature has to offer.
Our My Nana Says ambassador: "From big backyards to tiny apartments, seedlings are cheap to buy and easy to grow with huge rewards – fresh herbs at your fingertips with no waste!"
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
“If we are able to appeal to the women of Australia to each do at least one thing each day for the environment, we will collectively help make the world a better place for our children and our children’s children.”
Kim McKay AO
DIRECTOR & CEO, AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
“In the 20 years that I've been involved in generating environmental awareness and action campaigns, I've seen first-hand the difference individuals can make. When we come together as a group we can do so much more!”
Director, PIDCOCK Architecture + Sustainability
“I have been interested in and greatly rewarded by exploring how the many issues that are fundamental to sustainability can be potent and profound influences on the development of my architecture and my life.”
Former CEO, CWA of NSW
Country Women’s Association of New South Wales are involved in the campaign in order that rural women have the opportunity to be involved in such an important initiative.
Co-founder of Climate Coolers
Michelle is a mother of three and a blueberry farmer in Southern Tasmania. Michelle has an extensive background in environmental campaigning and has also been an entrepreneur in sustainability-focused small businesses.
Director Goodman Group, Director CSR Limited
“The 1 Million Women campaign is a fantastic opportunity for women to champion, influence and make change in their world. I am delighted to be an Ambassador, to be a change agent and lead by example.”
Head of Development & Fundraising, St James Ethics Center
Sheena holds vast experience in the commercial and management space across Communications, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Operations. She also keenly supports women in management and women in business.
Sustainability Support Officer, Macquarie University
“There is something awe-inspiring about a group of people striving towards a common goal. Women have the passion, power and understanding to lead change towards sustainability, but we need a collective effort!”
'Green It Yourself' Guru
“What I like to get done are green DIY jobs. I’m not the handiest tool in the shed but there is something intensely satisfying about it… My aim is to get 1 million women into the shed and doing a bit of GIY”
Model, Film maker
“While mitigating global warming is everyone’s responsibility, I see tremendous value in honoring the role of women in this journey. 1MW offers a valuable platform for women to publicly unite.”
Author, activist and environmentalist
Our My Nana Says ambassador: "All my life I’ve had a garden to grow vegetables, and it’s something I’ve passed on to my children and grandchildren. It’s healthier, means less energy is wasted transporting food, and the kids like playing in the garden.” – Anna Rose’s Nanna.
Chef and TV personality
Our My Nana Says ambassador: “Meme would be the master of leftovers. She also would never throw anything. From using vegetables peels to make stocks to older root vegetables & secondary meat cuts to form beautiful family stews.”
Creator of Dirty Girl Kitchen
Our My Nana Says ambassador: "My favourite nana tip is to take any leftover herbs and pick them then put them into ice cube trays and top the tray up with olive oil. Then when your ready to cook something just pop out a cube of oil and it has some lovely herbs in it too."
Teyah is a believer in youth-led movements on climate change action. "It's important that young people are getting involved,because, really, we're going to be the ones left over when the world's falling apart. There's always more we can do."
Criminology Student, president of Hills Rotaract
"We all need to be passionate about proactive action to address climate change in our everyday lives. It's a real issue that is affecting us NOW."
Past Guest Writer
"I’m a Sydney-raised, Antarctic and Environmental Science student. I’m a typical water baby: I love to surf, dive and do all sports aquatic, with a passion for marine conservation."
Past Staff Writing Intern
Shannyn is a 23-year-old Sydneysider. She loves animals, travelling and yoga. She hopes to write to inspire others to make a positive difference in our beautiful world.
Speaker, Educator, Author, Gamechanger
"Taking action and doing your part is an earth healer, that is why I am so passionate about it! Compost, Recycle, Plastic free. The earth gives us what we need every day, we need to take care of her. Please do your part."
Social Media Correspondent
Brontë joined us from the US in April for an internship focused on social media outreach. She enjoys hiking and singing and is very excited to be part of our team!
Shea is a passionate and determined writer. Fast and efficient, Shea also keeps everyone laughing with her great sense of humour. She love octopuses (or is it octopi?) and photography.
Website and Social Media coordinator
Originally from the South Coast, Amy has a passion for writing, loves to cook, and in her spare time is a Jazz and Blues singer.
Past Head of Operations
With her calm and amazing organisational skills, Babs keeps everyone in sync and everything running smoothly. She lives and breathes sustainability and loves to-do lists, scuba diving, wildlife watching and acroyoga.
Environmental Consultant and director, the 3rd degree
Murray is a business environmentalist and director of the 3rd degree consultancy. A former Environment Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Murray is a longtime speaker, writer and media commentator on climate and sustainability issues.
Guest Writer (Youth)
I'm a 16-year-old pianist/high schooler living in Brussels, Belgium and I'm planning on studying sustainability and environmental studies next year at university.
Web and Social Media Expert
I want to lead climate action for my generation.
Kathleen is passionate about sustainable living & mindful consumption. In her free time you’ll find her daydreaming about future travel plans, seeking out foodie havens or in the yoga studio attempting
to master the headstand pose.
COP21 Youth Delegate & Guest Writer
Jacqui is passionate about creating a more sustainable and equitable world with the inspiring people that surround her. She loves observing and writing about life as it happens.
Serial entrepreneur, advisor and coach to those that dare, international thought leader
Some things in life are a no brainer - this is one of those: appreciating and guarding with due respect what we have, and ensuring abundance for future generations. Once I felt a sense of urgency now it is quite simply urgent.
Paloma Brierley Newton
Former Content Creator
Paloma is a content creator having spent far too much time at university she now spends all her time on computers fighting for social change. Paloma also has a secret passion for native Australian plants and being as local to her environment as possible.
Hannah is at university studying media and communications. She grew up in a city but dreams of living somewhere where she can see the stars. Hannah loves spicy foods and visiting the beach.
Paula Broom is a visual artist and street photographer who lives in Sydney with her husband, two teenaged children and a labrador called Douggie.
Courtney is studying marketing at TAFE and loves op shopping, horror movies and reading. She wants to go to Iceland one day and has played the flute for 8 years.
Florence is from the country in Central NSW and is studying Media and Communications. She loves dancing, swimming and reading and is passionate about the environment, whales and puppies.
Tess is from Canada and has spent her life dreaming of living near the beach. She is passionate about her vegan lifestyle and reckons she could eat only mangoes for the rest of her life.
Non-executive director and former CEO
Julie Hill has been Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the main board of Lend Lease. She has a passion for a greener and more sustainable built environment. She has long been an advocate for women’s equality in all fields of endeavour.
Founder and Director, The Horizon Foundation
Tracey Steggall is a seasoned leader in the business and not for profit sectors. She founded The Horizon Foundation in 2004. Tracey supports great people and organisations to achieve outstanding, sustainable results.
Research Fellow, Curtin University
Jemma has a particular interest in sustainable economics, and her doctoral research is focused on transport, renewable energy, storage, and prefabricated buildings. Jemma has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on transport, energy and sustainable economics.
Responsible Investment Specialist
Lou has 15 years’ experience across a range of practice areas – from wealth advice, banking, superannuation and funds management to impact and community investing, philanthropy and renewable energy.
Director, Maria Atkinson Consultancy Pty Ltd
Maria Atkinson is a sustainability strategist, an angel investor with particular focus on impact investments and a company director. Maria has a BAppSc in Environmental Biology and she is a Graduate of the Wharton Executive Programme.
Prof Lesley Hughes
Ecologist and climate change expert
Lesley is an ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and an expert on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She has over 20 years of researching and communicating the science of climate change.
Tammy Fry Kelly
Director of Fry's & Meat Free Mondays Australia & South Africa
Tammy is a passionate advocate for plant-based nutrition and cruelty-free foods. Her over-a-decade experience at the helm of marketing at Fry’s is guided by nutritional expertise, a love of fitness, love of the environment and outdoor lifestyle.
Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia
Romilly leads Australia’s peak industry association responsible for creating sustainable buildings and communities. Romilly is known both nationally and internationally as an experienced green building, sustainable communities and cities advocate.
Dr Dana Cordell
Co-founder, Global Phosphorus Research Initiative
As a global food security expert, Dr Cordell leads and undertakes international and national research projects on sustainable food and resource futures. Her research contributions have led to numerous prestigious recognitions including one of Australia's top science prize, the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research (2012) and a position in the 100 Women of Influence (AFR/Westpac, 2013) and Top 100 Most Influential People (Sydney Magazine, 2012).
Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, Asia Pacific – The Nature Conservancy
Laura is passionate about working at the intersection of environment, sustainable development and women’s empowerment. She has worked on international environment and climate change issues in Asia Pacific for over ten years, and has graduate degrees in Environmental Management and Development, Communication, and Psychology. In her role as Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, Asia Pacific at The Nature Conservancy, she co-leads the organisation’s ‘Women In Nature’ Gender and Conservation strategy, and recently co-founded the Women Leaders’ Forum of the six country Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security.
Francesca is a communications and law graduate who loves talking about waste, feminism and politics (AND doing so at dinner parties!). When she is not interning, you’ll probably find her at the local library or the beach.